Thursday, August 23, 2007

the mural

Monday, August 13, 2007

some day i will have a dress like this..sigh

Frogs' Eggs Pudding

This is from my friend Sara's blog . it sounds great and i plan on making some soon. just thought i would share :)

freshly made bowl of Frogs' Eggs Pudding which is also warm. Mmm. So good.

I'm sure it's got another name but that's the name my sisters and I gave to this dessert from our childhood. When my Mom was up here this last spring, I watched her make it and committed the recipe to heart. I've since made it half a dozen times much to Chris' eye rolling since he hates bananas in all forms. Here's the approximate recipe:

1 can coconut milk
1/2 C. white sugar
2 ripe plantain bananas, chopped
1/4 C. dried bulgar wheat, boiled until soft, drained
1/3 C. small tapioca pearls, boiled until most pearls still have a little white dot in the middle, drained

In a pot, mix coconut milk and sugar. Bring to a boil. Add plantains, stir and simmer for about 30 minutes until plantains are cooked, sweet and exuded some of their starch into the milk. Take off heat and add bulgar wheat and tapioca pearls, stir well. Serve warm. Serves about 6. To keep, freeze individual serving sizes in tupperware. Defrost/reheat in a microwave.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Information Migration: an evening of song and art

Information Migration: an evening of song and art
art by Beth Gilmore and Sarah Masen Dark

opening reception and concert August 11th 2007 6-9 pm.

show runs August 11th through Sept. 5 2007

also with the music of max perkins


The Downtown Presbyterian Church
154 5th Ave. North
Nashville, TN 37219

Sarah Masen Dark

As a songwriter and a performer, Sarah Masen has won the enthusiasm of critics and a committed, eclectic fan base for over 10 years. Her songs have been featured on TV series of late-nineties yesteryear like Party of Five and Dawson's Creek, and her list of collaborators include Bela Fleck, Julie Lee, and Sam Ashworth. Whether immersed in electronica or as solo acoustic broadsides, her work speaks to all things awkward, political, dysfunctional, and seemingly mundane. While one generalizes too much by characterizing her sounds of lyrical protest as snake-handling music, intense attentiveness to her music has been known to lead listeners toward jumping, jiving, weeping, wailing, and laughing through gnashing of teeth. In the last few months, she's taken to recording music with the members of Bulb and making little handcrafted EP's, with each sleeve following the snowflake model of containing a slightly different work of art. She's now up to three with the following titles: Women's Work Is Alchemy, Magic That Works, and A History of Lights and Shadows. Selections from each will be shared on Saturday evening.

For Those About To Honk by David Dark

Local artists Beth Gilmore and Sarah Masen Dark occupy the lively intersection where artistry, motherhood, and fairy tales collide. In an attempt at inspiration and crazy prevention, they regularly meet together (with five children between them) and share reading, music, images and various gleanings from their sporadic attempts at intelligence gathering. Noteworthy sparks flew when Beth appeared with a silk screen she cobbled together from a photographic image of a woman taken on the grounds of the Belmont mansion in the late 19th century. In a fit of inspiration, she'd given the woman a beak and raced to see Sarah with an account of the tale of the goose girl.

As the story goes, the goose girl starts out as a princess on her way to be married to the prince of another land. Her mother had arranged it all, sending her packed-up with a maidservant in tow, and the goose girl was expected to perform her duty without much thought. A great distance from her home, her maidservant suddenly threatens to murder her where she stands if she doesn't hand over her clothes (the clothes literally make the princess), and swear that she'll never tell anyone she was once a princess. Ever unsure of herself, the princess complies and accepts the whole incident as fate.

As the years pass, she ends up under the employ of the prince (who's now the king) as a keeper of geese. Her work partner, the goose boy, is moved by her beauty, and when she refuses his advances, he issues a complaint about her to the king. The king demands that she give an account of herself, and she insists that she's sworn to secrecy. She also observes that he wouldn't believe her story if she told it. At this, he orders her into the kitchen and tells her to tell it (her story) to the stove. She complies, and the king secretly listens on the other side of the wall. Moved and convinced, the king restores her, receives her, and all manner of things are gradually made well.

"Accidental zen training!" Sarah decrees upon hearing the story. And the two begin an ongoing conversation about the goose business women tend to go through. The unwillingness to resist or speak against the chambermaid's violent ambition is compared to the sound of settling, and they consider the often unarticulated, but weighty expectation women live with and under that they have to make do; they have to make something out of nothing; they have to turn dung to gold. "Women's work is alchemy," Beth observes.

And with this line, Sarah thanks Beth for vouchsafing a title for a recent EP, a collection of songs that fit serendipitously within the goose girl theme. Hereby invigorated, Beth arrives a few days later with a title of her own: "Information Migration." The goose girl is now made manifest, for a time, in the form of one's and zeroes. A plan is hatched.

Needless to say, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Beth continued to honk away, and Sarah came up with more EP's ("History of Lights and Shadows" and "Magic That Works") with handcrafted covers which, like snowflakes, never repeat themselves. Beth will walk willing minds through goose girl culture and Sarah will perform her songs for all interested parties in the downstairs space of Downtown Presbterian Church this Saturday (August 11th) from 6 to 9pm. Appropriately, the gold spun by nashville's goosegirls is free.

Monday, August 06, 2007

field trip to padnos

the wonderful world of metal casting

metal shop

pouring bronze